A. The walking route that Dexter (AKA 'Jim Lindsey') takes each morning on his way to work.
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Through the business district of the small town of Ion Lake, New York.
When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 1, of Season 9, "Cold Snap".(starting at 08:42).
Dexter drive into town across an iron bridge, park his truck on the
town's main street, greet Pastor Brian (who is hanging up Christmas
lights), then walk down the main street being greeted (as 'Jim' or 'Mr.
Lindsey') by friendly townspeople passing by.
Then he delivers the sharpend meat cleaver to Gig the butcher, before going into the market and buying a pink box of donuts.
He then takes the pastries to his place of work, Fred's Fish & Game, where he opens the business, puts on his laminate ID tag, and waits for customers.
A. A series of spots around an actual small town in the northeast.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. Jim's entire walk is constrained to a few blocks of downtown Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts,which stands in for Iron Lake on this show.
The entire walk takes place on two streets in Shelburne Falls: Bridge Street, the village's main commercial street (which runs east and west through the town), and State Street, which runs north and south on the other (west) side of the iron bridge.
When the scene starts, Dexter is driving east on Bridge Street. as the passes over the Iron bridge spanning the Deerfield River.
When Dexter parks his
truck, he parks in front of an empty lot, which is being used as a
Christmas tree lot. This is the same empty lot used later for the Christmas Festival
scene, and is at the southeast corner of Bridge Street & Deerfield
Avenue. (You can read more about it on the separate page about the Christmas Tree Festival.) The address of the lot is 19 Bridge Street, in Shelburne Falls, MA.
When he stops to talk
to Pastor Brian (who is up on a ladder putting up Christmas lights on a
brick building), that brick building is right across the street from (west of) the
empty Christmas lot, at the southwest corner of Bridge Street &
Deerfield. In the scene, you can see an oval sign reading "Bon
Salon", and that is the name of the real-life hairstyling business in that
brick building. The address is 17 Bridge St.
( The production set up
a number of small cabin-like booths along the east side of that brick
building, which has something to do with the upcoming Christmas
Next, on his circuitous walking route, Dexter/Jim walks west across the iron bridge, past the Iron Lake Tavern,
crosses State Street, and then walks down the sidewalk, greeting (and
being greeted by) passersby, including Zach, Becca and Scott,
When I first saw this
scene in the trailer, I assumed he was walking down Bridge Street, which is the main
street of Shelburne Falls. But instead, when he greets these people, he is actually walking south down the west side of State Street, which is a north-south street at the other (west) side of the bridge.
He then continues to walk South, past the market, where
Ramon steps out of the Market and greets 'Jim', and, looking up, Ramon
spots billionaire Edward Olsen's helicopter overhead.
Dexter then walks further south, and turns right at the corner, before walking west up Clement Street past the left (south) side of the Market, and then goes back behind the Market, where he returns the sharpened meat cleaver to the butcher, Gig.
Then we see him emerging from inside that same Market, carrying a pink box of pastries.
He walks back east across the iron bridge returning to Bridge Street, where he started), and enters Fred's Fish & Game, where he works. Fred's Is located on the north side of Bridge Street, right next to the Iron bridge.
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Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. Once I had discovered
that Shelburne Falls was where most of the Iron Lake scenes were filmed,
and had tracked down most of the key locations In that village, it was
just a matter of spending the time to match up the various locations
with what we saw in the episode (with e help from Google
StreetView). Most of these locations on Dexter's walk merit a
separate page of their own, and you can read those more comprehensive
pages by clicking on the
links above. Those individual pages provide more information and details
about each filming location.